Spring semester is off to a quick start for some NSU students. NSU’s Mock Trial team has been preparing to represent NSU at the American Mock Trial Association in Topeka, Kan., Feb. 4-6 since Fall 2010.
The group was in a class called Mock Trial last semester and was instructed by Dr. David Madden, assistant professor of criminal justice and Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science. Though it is an extracurricular activity this semester, the class was centered on the same civil case the students will argue and the class will be available again in Fall 2011. Currently they have arranged to meet and practice every Saturday at 9 a.m.
At the AMTA the group will argue a civil case involving monetary damages for the death of a child. The group of attorneys and witnesses are prepared to argue for either side in the suit.
It is anticipated that next year Madden and Becker will instruct the class again, this time in a criminal case.
“Even though I do not have the time to go to competition due to heavy involvement in other activities, I actively support Mock Trial by trying to raise funds for the competition,” said Tyler Keen, Pryor junior and vice president of the student organization the Law and Justice Council.
The opportunity to come back from such a prestigious competition with an award for NSU is “a fantastic experience,” said Katie Fallen, Wagner sophomore.
For those wishing to get involved in Mock Trial in the future, contact Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org.